BJJ Technique: Switching Armbar & Belly Down Armbar

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Here are a couple slick submissions when your opponent defends your original armbar attempt by pulling his arm out.

BJJ Technique: Superman Armbar

Superman Armbar

The “Superman Armbar” is a slick option from Guard that starts by performing a Tomoe Nage style sweep.

BJJ Technique: Omoplata Attacks and Counterattacks

Setting up Omoplata at the NAGA Pan American Championship finals against Brazilian Top Team MMA Instructor Wanderlei Camilo

The omoplata is a versatile submission that can be used to finish a fight or simply to regain position and turn the tides of a match. It can be used as an attack or a counterattack.  In the following videos, Professor Brian Ruscio demonstrates a few of the options that the Omoplata offers.  There are many more options and we will explore those in the future.  Remember to subscribe to our Youtube channel so you get to be the first to see our newest technique videos.

BJJ Technique: X-Guard Position

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The X-Guard is an advanced guard that has become a strong game for some Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters, like Marcelo Garcia.  The videos below will demonstrate some possibilities from the x-guard.  X-Guard is starting to become a lost or forgotten guard as single leg x and deep half become more popular, but it can still be used very effectively.

BJJ Technique: Loop Chokes

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Loop Chokes are effective chokes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when wearing the GI (uniform).  The next few videos demonstrate various loop chokes from different situations.  Most loop chokes follow the same principle, capitalizing on the mistake of an opponent who hangs their head when in front of you.

Techniques: Wrestling for MMA and BJJ – Turtle Guard Reversals and Escapes

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Turtle Guard is generally thought of as a defensive position in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA, however when practiced it can prove difficult to submit a turtling opponent that knows all of his/her options.  Turtling opponents can escape, sweep, and even submit careless opponents.  Turtle Guard can be used an alternative to shrimping and replacing guard.  Turtle Guard is very similar to “Referee’s Position” in Folkstyle Wrestling, so many wrestlers develop a strong turtle guard when transitioning to BJJ.  It also allows the wrestler to defend without laying on your back.  The following instructional videos provide several options from turtle guard that will be familiar an useful for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Practitioners or Wrestlers.

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BJJ Technique: Choke to Armbar Transition from Back Control

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This is a great option when it is difficult to secure a choke from behind an opponent.  Every learns that once you have their back it’s time to defend chokes while trying to escape.  The armbar from the back is an unexpected, yet effective option.  Here Professor Brian Ruscio demonstrates in detail how to apply the armbar when you have the opponents back.

Knee Slice Pass vs. De La Riva Guard

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Here is a Knee Slice Pass with or without an underhook against the De La Riva Guard.  De La Riva can be an effective Guard and some athletes revolve their guard game around this position.

Jeff Glover Seminar Review

Jeff Glover Seminar

Jeff Glover is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt with wins over 7-time World BJJ Black Belt Champion, Caio Terra and a submission win over 6-time BJJ Black Belt World Champion, Robson Moura at the 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. Jeff Glover is known for his unique and often humorous grappling style and personality.  Jeff performed a seminar in Orlando, Florida and Professor Brian Ruscio had the opportunity to attend.

BJJ Black Belts Brian Ruscio and Jeff Glover
BJJ Black Belts Brian Ruscio and Jeff Glover

The seminar began with Jeff Glover introducing himself in an expectedly humorous way.  He had two major things to point out before he began showing some great techniques and strategies.

  1. Even though he has no problem finding great training partners at nearby schools where he lives, he pointed out that his main focus is making his teammates into great training partners.  If you see a teammate performing even one detail wrong, correct them and that will go far in making everyone on your team very good.
  2. Everybody is different and has their own game.  Some are have strong, powerful bodies while others have strong, powerful minds.  Some have both.  Adopt moves and techniques that work for your own body and personality.  Create a style that is your own.  What are you doing that is different than everyone else?

The techniques taught were based on the Deep Half Guard, the Guillotine Choke, and the Triangle Choke.

Jeff Glover demonstrating a Deep Half Guard Drill with Brian Ruscio
Jeff Glover demonstrating a Deep Half Guard Drill with Brian Ruscio

Deep Half Guard:

  1. Getting to Half Guard from various positions
  2. Over the Falls
  3. Out the Back Door
  4. Coming up on the Single
  5. Deep Half Counters

See Professor Brian Ruscio winning the NAGA Pan-American Expert Light Heavyweight Division using a Toe-Hold from Deep Half Guard


Jeff Glover demonstrating an Arm in Guillotine with Brian Ruscio
Jeff Glover demonstrating an Arm in Guillotine with Brian Ruscio


  1. One Handed Guillotine
  2. Arm in Guillotine
  3. Guillotine Setup and Finish Strategies

Triangle Choke

  1. Setting up the Triangle Choke Strategies
Jeff Glover Orlando Florida Seminar
Jeff Glover Orlando Florida Seminar

We will be reviewing the techniques demonstrated over the next couple weeks here at Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA.


BJJ Drills: Armbar into Triangle into Omoplata Lockflow from Guard

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There are some Fundamental BJJ Drills that every practitioner should know.  The Armbar, Triangle, Omoplata transitions are vital to know.  This BJJ Drill will help you transition between the 3 most common submissions from the guard with ease.  This drill should be practiced whenever possible to build the muscle memory and technical proficiency needed to catch even the highest level opponents.  Stay tuned for future posts containing other effective BJJ Drills.

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